Godissart de Cari's Souvenirs de l'Angleterre, with a letter from Madame Delahaye, 1826, 1850.
Cari, Godissart de, -1848, artist.
1 album (20 leaves of drawings) ; binding 12.4 x 20 cm 2 items
Gaudissart de Cari (-1848), a caricaturist, was called the "French Hogarth" and "the greatest master of French caricature during the early 19th century" (Deberdt). He was principally known for his biting caricatures of the English and their odd habits, especially as found in his collection of engravings Le Musée grotesque (1816-1820). Purchased from Martayan Lan Rare Books, March 2019. In French. Title gold stamped on front cover and from text in the first drawing entitled "Frontispiece". Bound in contemporary brown sheep, gilt spine and gilt cover borders with title stamped on front: Souvenirs de l'Angleterre. With binder's ticket on inside front cover: Rue de Cléry, no. 7 pres celle Montmatre, Binant, Md. de Papiers, Fournitures de Burcaux de Paris. 1. Frontispiece (Souvenirs d'Angleterre) -- 2. Départ de Pierrefitte pour l'Angleterre -- 3. Chambre à coucher à Douvres -- 4. Intérieur d'un temple Anglican à Cantorbery -- 5. Vue d'une Rue de de Londres -- 6. Palais de St. James dans Pall-Mall -- 7. Le Monument à Londres dans Fish-Street-Hill -- 8. Intérieur de la Salle des Armes dans la Tour de Londres -- 9. Nef de la Chappelle d'Henry VII dans l'Eglise de Westminster où sont armés les chevaliers du Bain -- 10. Vue prise de Greenwich près Londres -- 11. Vue d'une partie de la Ménagerie dans le Parc de Chiswyck --12. Vue prise près Richmont -- 13. Vue prise sur le bord de la mer à Brighton -- 14. Vue de Palais du Roi à Brighton -- 15. Vue prise près Windsor -- 16. Vue de Château de Windsor -- 17. Joute de Rameurs sur la Tamise près Greenwich -- 18. Vue prise de nuit sur le bord de la mer à Brighton -- 19. Bateau à vapeur en vue du Château de Douvres -- 20. Retour des Voyageurs à Pierrefitte [signed 'G. de Cari'].
An album of twenty watercolors recording the 1826 journey to England by members of the French Delahaye family. Gaudissart, a family friend of the Delahaye clan, traveled with them from their home in Pierrefitte, near Saint-Denis, recording the sights they saw across The Channel. The drawings include refined landscapes, cityscapes and views, each inscribed with a caption. There are depictions of a typical London street, St. James's Palace from the Pall Mall, Christopher Wren's Monument at Fish Street Hill, London as seen from Greenwich, the countryside near Richmond, the Brighton seaside, London seen from Windsor, Windsor Castle, John Nash's Indo-Saracenic Royal Pavilion at Brighton (only finished in 1822), the interior of the Tower of London (with Beefeaters as guides), and an interior of the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster Palace (with its pendant fan vault ceiling). Gaudissart shows his pictorial range with a night scene of Brighton (a full moon, firelight aboard a ship throwing tiny figures into silhouette) and a depiction of a strenuous boat race on the Thames. Gaudissart's humor manifests itself here and there: His watercolor of the Duke of Devonshire's menagerie at Chiswick House - a site in existence only between 1811 and 1836 - depicts a smiling elephant performing a trick as a monkey scurries up a pole. A young member of the Delahaye family is engulfed in her big down bed in a light-filled room at Dover. An Anglican priest declaims from the pulpit at Canterbury. Friends at Pierrefitte wave goodbye to the Delahaye carriage as it departs and welcome the family with open arms upon its return home. The album's frontispiece shows a classic coach-and-four alighting into the English mist. Another watercolor records the family's departure from Dover - its White Cliffs in the background - aboard an early steamship. With a 16-page letter dated 1826, written in French, addressed by L. Delahaye to her friend Alexandrine upon the Delahayes' return from England. The letter recounts the family's journey in great detail from start to finish, and includes several mentions of the (lively) participation of Gaudissart. Also included is a single leaf written ca. 1850 describing the genesis of the album and brief biographical sketch of Gaudissart de Cari.
Souvenirs de l'Angleterre.
Drawing, French--19th century.
England--Pictorial works.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008114939 France--Pictorial works.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008115106 London (England)--Pictorial works--19th century.
Binant, bookseller. CtY-LW Cari, Godissart de,---1848. Delahaye, L.
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